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Nationalism’s Metaphor: the Discourse and Grammar of National Personification

Murrey Stewart Leith and Daniel P. J. Soule

in Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748637362
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652914 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637362.003.0004
Nationalism’s Metaphor: the Discourse and Grammar of National Personification

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This chapter revisits Billig’s ‘banal’ thesis through the linguistic phenomenon of metaphor, exploring the banal reference to the nation as a personified individual to demonstrate discursively how the elite characterise the national body in all the same ways in which individual members of the nations can be described. It explores how language is used to represent Scotland within the electoral discourse contained in the manifestos of devolved Scottish politics, and looks at the linguistic phenomenon of the metaphorical personification of the nation and its banal discursive manifestations.

Keywords: electoral discourse; Scotland; Scottish politics; banal thesis; metaphor

Chapter.  7746 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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